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Sweet Smiles and Sharp Suits: Remembering James Gandolfini

Jun 20, 2013  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

The acting world was hit with a great loss as American actor, James Gandolfini died in Rome, Italy yesterday from a heart attack. Gandolfini starred in over 50 films winning 16 awards including three Emmy awards, five Screen Actors Guild awards, and a Golden Globe while having 26 nominations.... Read More

Cruising Around Venice and Northern Italy on Uniworld's River Countess

Jun 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss  |  1 Comment

There are many ways to experience Venice and its surrounding towns, but few as special as from a river cruise along the Po River. This is an experience only available with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. As this is the city of water, living in the very same lagoon and stepping out for a stroll with the Venetians is an ultimate indulgence.... Read More

Charming Luxury Villa in Sardinia Ready for Romance

Jan 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

The streets of Alghero are impossibly postcard-pretty—winding alleyways with cobbled pavements, colorful buildings, and a stunning view of the azure Mediterranean Sea. My husband and I are sipping cocktails alfresco, in one of the many bars lining the old town wall. There's a reason why we picked this spot; the same reason all the seats around us are taken, and that crowds are gathering along the wall overlooking the calm water: the sunset.... Read More

The 2013 Opening of Opera Season at La Scala Ignites National Controversy

Jan 14, 2013

What’s the opera without a bit of drama? The opening of the La Scala opera season started off with some scandal when general music director of La Scala, Daniel Barenboim, decided to open the... Read More

The Bauer De Pisis Welcomes New Executive Chef Hiraki Masakazu

Jan 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Hiraki Masakazu has recently been named Executive Chef at De Pisis of Il Palazzo at the BAUERs hotel in Venice, Italy. For the past decade, Mr. Masakazu has been Sous Chef at De Pisis, working in tandem with former Executive Chef Giovanni Ciresa. Chef Masakazu attended the popular Hattori Nutrition College in Tokyo and then gained work experience in several gourmet restaurants, including Gualtiero Marchesi 2 in Kobe in Japan, and Villa Crespi and La Fermata in Italy. However, according to Mr. Masakazu, “the years working with Chef Ciresa have been my most favorite culinary experience, giving me the opportunity to grow both as a professional and as a chef.” De Pisis offers intimate gourmet dining, either indoors or on its terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. The restaurant is renowned for... Read More

When in Tuscany Live as the Medici's Did at Villa Poggio Bartoli

Jan 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Villa Poggio Bartoli, like many Italian buildings, is filled to the brim with centuries of torrid stories and intriguing historical elements. First built as a defensive outpost during the rule of the Medici's, the luxury villa later became an elegant country home, famed for its hunting prowess. Though its days of harboring nobility are long past, Poggio Bartoli seems to be frozen in time in its grandest age of elegance.... Read More

Vacation In Old Hollywood Style At The Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Dec 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Carolyn Hsu

I sunk deep into a plush brocade love chair in the lobby of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, a fresh cappuccino in hand, and sighed. Outside, the late afternoon sun warmed the pristine blue waters of Lake Como and I watched... Read More

Unique Spa Treatments Using Local Ingredients at Salvatore Ferragamo's Il Borro Estate

Dec 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Miles away from Florence, in picturesque Italian wine country is Salvatore Ferragamo’s Il Borro estate. Guests at the luxurious property can now look forward not only to accommodations in the villas and suites, but also to a spa that uses natural ingredients grown on the estate. OlivOil (olive oil treatments), are a genuine beauty experience that quenches thirsty, dry skin, thanks to the natural oil gathered from around the estate. Vinotherapy, uses substances found in grapes and grape seeds that in a synergic approach, play an important role in bodily care and the treatment of skin blemishes, allowing for an invigorating skin treatment. The combination of western and eastern treatments guarantees quality and a superior sensorial experience.... Read More

The Village of Amalfi: Your Base For Exploring the Italian Coast

Nov 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Melanie Votaw  |  2 Comments

The port town of Amalfi is the perfect home base for exploring the rest of the Amalfi Coast, but it’s worth some time by itself. Though smaller than Positano, Amalfi contains the Coast’s signature pastel buildings that almost look like they’re floating down the cliff face toward the Mediterranean Sea. It’s busy during the tourist season, but it’s still a small village with its own tiny beach and hilly pedestrian streets.

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Palazzo Manfredi is a Historic Gem in the Heart of Rome

Oct 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Surrounded by breathtaking views of Rome including the Coliseum, the Imperial Forum and the Domus Aurea, Palazzo Manfredi is a bastion of timeless elegance for visitors to the ancient city.... Read More

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